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2019 Work/Study Students

Youth education has been an important part of Isle of Sky Farm since the beginning -- 18 years ago.The future careers that young people can successfully prepare for involve sustainable technologies now being used here.  Early exposure and experience allows young people to become aware of many educational and career options not usually being promoted in current school curriculum.

I started my work/study program here at the Nursery in the hope that I can make some small difference in the future of the students who find their way here. 
Students gain exposure and experience in many areas including pruning, propagation, soil science, entomology, alternative energy, hydrology, tool use and care, social skills, communication and organization skill development, time management and so much more.  All time spent here goes toward completely focusing on each day's projects as there is no internet or cell phone signal here.  Without electronic distractions, the mind is able, indeed, required, to fully engage itself in creative thought.

Out of respect for the adults who sacrifice their time and fuel costs to get students to and from the Nursery each workday, students are paid in cash the amount needed to reimburse their drivers for gas expenses.  I fund this cost with donations from groups and individuals who want to contribute to our future leaders.  When you say, "Keep the change," I don't.  It's passed on to really "make a change.”
Thank you to all of you who make this possible for me to do!  You know who you are. 


Julyssa Ramon attends School in San Antonio, TX, and is in the 7th Grade.  She is an AB student whose favorite subject is science.  In the summer she comes to Carrizozo to spend time with her grandparents.  While in Carrizozo, she works at Isle of Sky Nursery in White Oaks learning about horticulture.

So far, she’s learned how to mix liquid fertilizers targeting nutrient deficiencies in different plants, and getting better at pruning, watering techniques and time management.  The Nursery and Gardens are really busy in the summer, and she has a long list of things to get done each day and always takes her lunch break in the hammock with something to read.

I enjoy meeting the customers and learning to help them with their needs.  There are a lot of new things happening with plant science, and it’s exciting to be ahead of everybody else.  Best of all, I’m able to help my Mom and Grandparents with their plants.


Jaden Smith is 10 years old and recently moved to Carrizozo from Las Cruces.  Jaden attends Carrizozo Elementary School, and he wants to become a chef specializing in farm-to-table cooking.  He is being sponsored by CZO Agronomics and is a full time work/study student during the school year.  Jaden is learning to grow the herbs, fruits and vegetables which he uses in preparing recipes he creates at home.  Jaden hopes to open his own restaurant in White Oaks in the near future.